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Man throws 3-year-old son, himself off NYC roof

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:27 p.m. HST, Dec 23, 2013


NEW YORK » A man involved in a custody dispute who was supposed to turn his 3-year-old son over to the boy's mother instead threw the child off the roof of a 52-story Manhattan apartment building before jumping to his death, police said.

Officers responding to an emergency call reporting two jumpers from the building on the Upper West Side around noon Sunday found Dmitriy Kanarikov, 35, of Brooklyn, and the boy on the lower rooftops of two separate nearby buildings.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his son, Kirill Kanarikov, was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said. A witness said the boy was wearing Christmas pajamas.

The boy's mother had custody of the child and the father, who had visitation rights, was supposed to hand the boy over to the mother at a police precinct Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Luis Ortiz told the New York Post that he was at the hospital when paramedics rushed the boy there and that they were pumping his chest and working on him.

"You could tell he was slipping away. They said the father was up there, but they didn't bring anyone else in. It was just heartbreaking. I have two kids of my own. They tried to do the best they could," Ortiz told the newspaper.

Ortiz told the New York Daily News that the tot was dressed in Christmas pajamas.

Authorities said the father did not live in the building listed as South Park Tower, which is a short distance away from Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center.

Police investigating the deaths left the building in the mid-afternoon to photograph a gray Lexus RX350 parked nearby.

It's the second time this year that a parent and child have been involved in a fatal plunge from a New York apartment building.

In March, a woman clutching her baby son in her arms plunged eight stories out of a Harlem apartment window to her death, but the 10-month-old survived. Authorities found a suicide note in her home.

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Associated Press writer Tom McElroy contributed to this report.







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miss_laulau wrote:
If you want to kill yourself then kill yourself but don't kill your child for god's sake.
on December 23,2013 | 04:29AM
kiragirl wrote:
Sad. Especially because an innocent child. Why?
on December 23,2013 | 05:14AM
krusha wrote:
Very sad story. When it comes to custody battles, usually it's the innocent children that suffer the most...
on December 23,2013 | 05:52AM
RKC808 wrote:
Very true krusha. I went through a bitter divorce and my daughters were the real losers in the whole deal. Once the courts and lawyers got involved, it became very bitter. Took two years to finalize. My ex used the kids as pawns to get more money out of me for child support. From the beginning , I wanted to arbitration to resolve this. But my ex wanted it to get nasty . Im happy now. But it seems like this man just snapped and couldn't take it any longer. But I do agree, killing the child was wrong.
on December 23,2013 | 07:12AM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
No disrespect intended, but, here we have a reversal of roles, and funny how the child support issue turns things around to where the ex-wife is supporting the ex-husband, and now the ex-wife is feeling the ill-effects (bitter) towards the husband. Interesting isn't it? And, funny how you always hare about the wife taking the husband to the cleaners, and now the husband is taking the wife to the cleaners. Merry Christmas!
on December 23,2013 | 11:27AM
false wrote:
Correction: Not usually …..ALWAYS. If parents only knew the damage they do.
on December 23,2013 | 10:56AM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
false, Correction: krusha was correct as ALWAYS leaves no room for the exception, and there ALWAYS is an exception.
on December 23,2013 | 11:29AM
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